* Posts by TonyJ

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CompSci student bitten by fox after feeding it McNuggets

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Joke

Re: Foxes, rabbits, toads, et al

"... Foxes, rabbits, toads, et al

No place in Aus.

Not native.

Not dangerous enough..."

Reminds of the other Oz joke:

Scientists have just concluded the longest, most detailed study of the flora and fauna of Australia, to finally determine what is not harmful to humans.

And the answer is "Some of the sheep"

Faxing hell: The cops say they would very much like us to stop calling them all the time

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Re: I used to repair fax machines...

Ah yes... I'd forgotten the "it doesn't go" errors - most of which, as you say, were down to things like the person trying to send a fax to a phone or my personal favourite on a line that did both, the receiving person either picking the phone up and not then pressing start on their fax machine, or despite being told "I am about to send you a fax" not setting the machine to answer.

Ahh happier, simpler times.

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I used to repair fax machines...

...for Sharp Electronics UK.

Bearing in mind this was the -very- early 90's and home faxes were still new and to some folks, genuinely space-age.

I genuinely had to speak to customers (often of a more elderly persuasion) to explain one of two things: no, it really has sent it, even if you have the original in your hand (they honestly believed it somehow sent the original like a letter! Or (far more commonly) no, there is nothing wrong with either fax - try turning the one you're sending over...when they called to complain it was just blank at the receiving end.

You used to be able to put them into a diagnostics mode as well and one of the tests was the fax tones. I was so practiced, I could tell a duff modem chip just by the slight change in the warble.

Oh and then there was the time the MD brought a box in, plonked it on my desk and told me he'd told his mate I could fix his fax machine for him...he'd dropped it down several flights of concrete stairs.

The "repaired" one he got was made mostly of scavenged parts from previously scrapped units.

Logitech Zone Wireless: Swanky headset means business, but that also means it comes with a hefty price tag

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Not been a fan of Logitech for some years.

First they bought the amazing Squeeze company and after ruining an amazing product line, promptly dumped them.

That was unforgivable enough, but they've had a habit of doing the same thing and/or dropping support early into the life of products with little to no warning. Indeed, as I think back, a couple have been mentioned here.

Also for the record Teams can transcribe as well, not just Zoom and Google.

Microsoft unshackles WSL2 Linux kernel from Windows 10 image for future fettling via Windows Update

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Re: Yes, they'll sell you PCs without OSes.

Mentioned it before but PC Specialist will also sell a PC or laptop without a Windows OS. True, it will ship with an unactivated copy of WIndows 10 that they use for burn-in testing and they don't actively support Linux but you can buy the machine sans license.

Keepnet kerfuffle: Firing legal threats at bloggers did infosec biz more damage than its exposed database

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Re: truly was exposed for just 10 minutes as Keepnet claimed

"...

truly was exposed for just 10 minutes as Keepnet claimed

Doesn't really matter. 10 minutes, 10 hours, 10 days...

What matters is that it was exposed, and that it was noticed. And accessed..."

Quite. "I am sorry I murdered you but at least it was a quick death!." Still dead.

UK.gov announces review – not proper inquiry – into Fujitsu and Post Office's Horizon IT scandal

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Curious...

Could they not also be prosecuted under corporate manslaughter for the postmasters who sadly took their own lives?

People need to go to jail for this, pure and simple.

If it is proven in court that senior members of staff and the prosecution knew about the flaws AND withheld this from the courts AND continued their flawed prosecutions (and one has to wonder why) then each and every one of them up to and including prosecution lawyers and barristers needs to be held to account.

And I would even go so far as to say that they should be held personally financially accountable for victim reparation - they ruined lives and careers.

Surely the Post Office and Fujitsu should have been made to repay any monies they extorted from their victims, to pay compensation AND to cover the victims legal costs?

What a shit show.

Creeps give away money to harass recipients with abusive transaction descriptions on bank statements

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Re: One solution...

I'm not sure why it was such an unpopular suggestion. I'd like to understand why the downvoters did so. Note: I am not taking it personally etc but I am genuinely curious why people seem to believe protecting victims of abuse shouldn't have options for all available protections to be looked at...if I missed something, I'd really appreciate the thoughts on what etc.

And... we're not talking about your mate down the pub, here, though. We're talking about a potentially very vulnerable person who has already been subject to abuse.

Steps are already taken to protect people in these situations from other forms of abuse. This would add another layer onto those protections, and prevent them from ever even seeing the abuse.

A report button is all well and good but it still means that the victim has to see the reference - that can be debilitating for them.

Nor am I suggesting that this is something needed in every single case, but as an additional layer of protections

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One solution...

...would appear to be for the banks to have some kind of facility to act as a proxy/escrow service. So there is an account number that isn't identifiable to the vulnerable customer and the bank then forwards payments in and out of that account but show a different set of details to other parties.

I know there'd be issues to be worked out but I can't see any other way as, as we know with spam filters, there are ways to slip phrases past any automatic filter.

Horrible the lengths some people go to to maintain their abuse of others.

HPE's Black Thursday: Staff face pay cuts or the ax, office closures to save $1bn+ after coronavirus slams IT titan

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Re: So, slashing headcount again ?

"... Re: So, slashing headcount again ?

The temporary job will be a zero milliseconds contract..."

So...zero seconds then...

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Again?

How many times have HP now made staff redundant in the last decade?

How much can you "best shore*"?

In 2012 they were building a cloud offering that they later ditched because frankly even then it was AWS or Azure.

I really feel sorry for anyone caught up in this but I also wonder why anyone has stuck around so long.

*A genuine term they were using around 5 years ago.

A real loch mess: Navy larks sunk by a truculent torpedo

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Re: Pure 'Carry on ' gold.

As does BBC R4 Extra. Goldmine for old comedy for anyone fortunate enough to get DAB.

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Of course it was going to hit the boat!

Sod's law and all that!

DBA locked in police-guarded COVID-19-quarantine hotel for the last week shares his story with The Register

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Sounds sensible

Does sound like their precautions and quarantine have been sensible and reasonably handled and communicated.

Also seems like they've handled the time in quarantine well, too.

Hope both are safe and looking forwards to getting home

NUC NUC. Who's there? It's Intel, with a pint-sized 8-core Xeon workstation

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Re: Have some Mint instead!

US$2,499 + VAT...that is a lot of money for a desktop.

I mean it's well specced and gorgeous but, expensive.

Britain has no idea how close it came to ATMs flooding the streets with free money thanks to some crap code, 1970s style

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Experienced tester.

Experience is everything here.

I did a recent project and the customer was insistent that UAT should be prescriptively scripted.

It took more than a few wasted hours in meetings to get them to finally see that doing that makes users do the tests in front of them and only the tests. They won't deviate and nor will they report any aberrant behaviour that isn't part of the scripted tests.

These are people we've picked who have years of experience using the software daily. Let them do their jobs as they normally would and report the issues they come up with.

Other tests along the way can be more formalised.

Tesla sued over Tokyo biker's death in 'dozing driver' Autopilot crash

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Re: License to Kill

"...human nature being what it is, the more driver aids that are provided to make it "easier" to get your vehicle from A to B, the less engaged the driver is likely to become with the whole process..."

Cannot agree with this more. I've driven older, high performance cars such as 911's that only give power steering and ABS grudgingly, and even then, if at all if you're lucky. Stepping out of a modern car into something like that really reminds you as a driver how much you take the modern accoutrements for granted.

Suddenly finding you are the only thing controller 300+bhp in a read wheel drive car with no traction control and no ESP tends to make you pay a LOT more attention.

I had an S5. Four wheel drive and all the above aids and it drove like it was on rails while tending to stick to the road like glue. Even then it was terribly easy to speed because at 100MPH it was barely ticking over.

I had a tyre blow on a country road - twisty and turning so I wasn't going particularly fast but apart from the tiniest of wobble on the nose it pretty much carried on as if nothing had happened.

Driverless cars are, I believe, an inevitability but they do need to get much much better.

Jeff Bezos tells shareholders to buckle up: Amazon to blow this quarter's profits and more on coronavirus costs

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Re: EPS?

Other way around - "Domain Controller (DC)" on first use in a document.

Nine million logs of Brits' road journeys spill onto the internet from password-less number-plate camera dashboard

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Re: Ah, Sheffield

All cities are awful to drive in if you aren't from the area but even 20 years ago, Sheffield seemed to be taking a perverse anti-car stance.

I remember trying to get to an HSBC office. It had a car park and a parking space had been allocated for my arrival.

After circling the streets for around 25 or 30 mins - literally in view of said building - I could find no streets that I could legally drive down to get any closer. I ended up parking in a pay and display.

I asked someone when I got there and he had to draw me a map. I remember it being one of the most convoluted little sections of driving I've ever done, and if I recall, it meant crossing a pedestrianised area that if you hadn't been told otherwise, you'd have bet real money you would be fined for entering.

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Re: You couldn't make it up

"..Good, at least that's one less smug, self-satisfied pillock in our society!.."

Another bitter, small-minded, anon coward posting. And it;s only Wednesday!

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I came to say exactly the same. How the holy fuck can they claim no one came to harm?

At least "lessons will be learned". God, I hate that sentence. Utterly meaningless.

Next question - why are we being mass-surveilled in this way? What possible justification can there be? Oh yeah, terrorists.

Dumpster diving to revive a crashing NetWare server? It was acceptable in the '90s

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Dear Reg...

...I think you will find that it is actually the 118th of January today.

Python 2 bows out after epic transition. And there was much applause because you've all moved to version 3, right? Uh, right?

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Re: lol

Jesus your unhinged use of capitals in random places in a sentence is starting to get even worse. What is actually wrong with just writing normally, like an adult?

Activist investor Elliot Management departs Citrix’s board

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Re: He has logged out...

"He has logged out...

...of his remote desktop control session."

FTFY

Also... better than most users. To this day a lot of them don't get the difference between logging off and disconnecting :)

A paper clip, a spool of phone wire and a recalcitrant RS-232 line: Going MacGyver in the wonderful world of hotel IT

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Back in the very early 90's...

...a colleague and I used to wire all the RS232 connected terminals in, as well as cable any new phone extensions into the PBX.

I remember we had great fun using only green wires wherever we could get away with it, knowing that anyone following us in a few years would be fuming at the lack of additional colours.This was reserved mostly for where we had to put connectors through walls or make adapters of course - we had no choice in the colour of the cores in the main cable.

I do remember once wiring in about a dozen new phones and of course I had to test them so every time I connected on, I'd call it from another office.

Imagine my surprise as I walked into the office I'd been putting them in to see him pick up a ringing phone (not even one of the ones I'd put in) to hear him shouting down the phone "will you just fuck off?!? I'm busy!!!".

Apparently he thought it was me calling to test a line again and in his annoyance, didn't notice it was an external ring. Or an existing phone. He says it sounded like a very nice, very confused old lady on the other end of the line, just before he hung up in horror!

Happy days.

Vodafone chief speaks out after 5G conspiracy nuts torch phone mast serving Nightingale Hospital in Brum

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"...It never ceases to surprise me how stupid someone can be and still fit into society... then I realised it's the clever ones that struggle to fit in..."

Sad, isn't it? We have kids who "want to be famous" when they grow up. Not even in any specific area: just "famous".

We used to hold scientists and engineers in great esteem. They were people worthy of respect, whereas these days you get that if you can kick a ball around a field or pretend to be someone else on a screen.

That isn't to say they can't make mistakes or self-promote stupid ideas (or even dangerous ones) or succumb to money etc, but that's the beauty of science "so you claim this... let's replicate it and see if you're right".

Samsung's Galaxy S7 line has had a good run with four years of security updates – but you'll want to trade yours in now

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Re: I'd love to see a law...

Did you patch your vehicle before rolling it? Did you upgrade its safety systems? Did you amend the insurance contract before hand?

Sounds like what ever safety systems Your vehicle shipped with did their job, if you could have retrofitted newer safety systems could they have prevented the vehicle rolling?

My other half’s car has keyless entry and go, If the keys are near the front door crims could steal the car without gaining access to the house, putting the keys in a rf shielding bag or simply well away from the front door would defeat the crims, regardless If a patch is available or not, same goes for adding a steering wheel lock.

Different operating behaviour can be more effective than applying a patch especially when a patch might not be available...

Uhuhh...I don't know about you, but I don't have people remotely trying to compromise my vehicle in a mass non targeted kind of way. No one will slow any processors down because they are mining bitcoins or part of DDoS bot attack and it doesn't store any personal information about me that would be valuable, so why would they even bother if they could? Although see my later point re Tesla.

Nor do I have to worry that some oik in China will make the engine blow or the brakes fail.

My current vehicle also has keyless entry. They doors won't open unless they are within about 18" of the vehicle and it won't start unless the keys are inside the vehicle. Indeed, take them out when the engine is running and it tells you on the driver info display that they've been removed from the vehicle and the engine will be shutting down in xx seconds.

Also are you telling me that if you owned, say, a Tesla, with vulnerabilities that were detected that you'd be equally happy not to receive a patch?

Your arguments don't hold water.

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Re: I'd love to see a law...

"...You can still use banking apps on LineageOS, which is not rooted by default, and even root the phone if you install Magisk. I did this with my S5..."

Thank you - I was sure I'd read the Lineage was pre-rooted so that is good to know.

Alas things like Magisk are picked up (or were) by the Barclays app.

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Re: LineageOS

The problem for many people is that the likes of the Barclays and HSBC Apps have built in security that detect if the phone is rooted and then won't work.

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Re: I'd love to see a law...

"...When have you actually benefited from a security update? Asked a different way, when has a security update actually prevented an attack on YOUR phone?..."

What a truly stupid comment.

How would the vast majority of people know?

How many consumers monitor (or even have) the logs for the firewall on their routers?

Let me tell you that some years ago when I finally moved away from the dumb ones to something that was grown up, the sheer volume of probing attacks from e.g. China and Russia was a real eye-opener.

Now I assume that the previous firewalls were blocking them but how would I know?

I rolled my motor vehicle last year. I've always worn my seatbelt. I've always had insurance (notwithstanding the laws on such things) - but that would be the first time in 30 years of really needing both.

Stop being a plum.

Doom Eternal: Reboot sequel is cluttered but we're only here for the rippin' and the tearin'

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Bought it on pre-order

DooM 64 is good. Damnable hard end boss though.

DooM Eternal is not great. I will start by caveating that I loved DooM 2016 (or DooM 3 if you prefer) and loved it. I still occasionally replay it on arcade mode and even managed to finish it on Ultra Nightmare (permadeath - deletes your save game!).

DooM Eternal, though, to my mind, became very tedious, very quickly. The whole need to kill to get ammo, health etc means it is non stop slog with very little time to take a breath.

The parkour type levels just ruin the flow and add unnecessary complexity - there's an entire later level where you have to double-jump, then boost (and often then shoot or shoulder a target, or grab to hold) at that point, the thing you're holding starts to fall and you have almost no time to plan where to go next. Death becomes an inevitability).

Even the bosses become a combination of shoot the same area repeatedly or until something flashes then dash in and hit them.

It is also terribly easy to spend a long time scratching your head what you need to do to open a door or empty a pool or crash a statue and it stalls the

Beautiful graphics but really not great game play.

Australian digital-radio-for-railways Huawei project derailed by US trade sanctions against Chinese tech giant

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Re: "This decision will also ensure the state complies with US trade restrictions.”

Yeah I did read the article but I was always taught that if you don't understand something, then to ask.

You are the typical twat that ensures some people are put off asking because they are scared of being scorned or looked down on., and supercilious put-downs are there for one thing only - to make small-minded idiots like yourself feel superior. In the meantime, I will continue to remain open minded and curious and to ask questions even if the asnwer is obvious to people like you.

Have a nice weekend - the view must be stunning for that ivory tower!

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Re: "This decision will also ensure the state complies with US trade restrictions.”

I came here to ask exactly the same thing.

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Re: Trade war

All those caps...did you forget to sign in as Bombastic Bob?

Astroboffin gets magnets stuck up his schnozz trying and failing to invent anti-face-touching coronavirus gizmo

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Ah magnetism...

It's been 30-odd years and I still remember the mnemonic someone came up with for working out the correct order to calculate values:

F B H mmf phi (looks like an I) S and the genius came up with Frank Broughton has made millions fucking innocent sheep

AMD dials 911, emits DMCA takedowns after miscreant steals a load of GPU hardware blueprints, leaks on GitHub

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"...And yet, somehow, we're supposed to just trust that no one has stolen, or could ever steal, the Platform Security Processor master keys?

This should be a wake up call to anyone still willing to blindly trust AMD (or Intel!) for the continued security of their data..."

Genuine question but when it comes to general purpose computing (every day use cases such as Windows, Linux, people playing games), what, really, is the alternative?

TeamViewer is going to turn around and ignore what you're doing with its freebie licence to help new remote workers

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Re: TeamViewer detection,

They base it on external IP addresses as well. They have a tendency to treat static IP's as commercial but also have a list of known companies IP's.

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Re: Times like these, the good will be remembered

Yes indeed. For example, I've always tried to support Timpsons since I heard a radio programme a few years ago where I learned they give jobs to ex-prisoners to help them back into society. Yesterday their owner said they've sent staff home on full pay for as long as they can do it.

Also Cisco are offering a free AnyConnect, unlimited user, 13 week license for people: https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/support/docs/security/anyconnect-secure-mobility-client/215330-obtaining-an-emergency-covid-19-anyconne.html

I know many folks here loathe MS but they're giving free Teams licenses to the NHS. Yes, they can afford it, but no they didn't have to do it.

There are others and I'd like to believe that they are remembered and supported after this finally blows over.

Captain Caveman rides to the rescue, solves a prickly PowerPoint problem with a magical solution

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I had a similar thing about 18 years ago. Neighbour desperately wanted their internet back. I called round after work to be met with (I shit you not!) "Oh can you come back another time? I've got friends here and I'd be embarrassed having a nerd come in!"

When he collared me the following morning when I was walking to school to ask if I'd come round later, I made it very clear he could expect no help from me ever again. He was quite miffed "Can't you take a joke"?

My answer..."Apparently not, but I do know how to fix my internet connection"

The show Musk go on: Tesla defies Silicon Valley coronavirus lockdown order, keeps Fremont factory open

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Re: Yeah, voluntary

".. He's just a bloke who runs a few companies...."

That managed to get away with calling a rescue diver a paedophile;

That was fined millions of dollars for making egregious comments about Tesla shares;

That has a large number of followers and should know that with that, comes a requirement to behave in a way that is generally not overtly odious.

I could go on but you get the gist.

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Re: Yeah, voluntary

"...Do you love your economic prosperity being at the whim of OPEC members?...

I don't disagree with your comments, but this comment can also apply to rare earth materials used in e.g. battery technology. Where are the majority of them sourced from?

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Ffs...

When employment meets becomes slavery

BT's Wi-Fi Disc ads banned because there's no evidence the things work

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"...It's fairly, but not entirely, implausible. I just put a mesh network (for that is all that this is) in my house, and 1) it reaches every room of my house now (as I put the disc-shaped objects in good places) and 2) I get massively improved speeds. For example, in my study, far away from my original router, I now get 109.3 Mbps using the network, as tested two minutes ago. Note that disc 1 of the mesh network is plugged directly into the router via cat6, so the (Virgin Media) WiFi is not used at any point...."

Personally, I prefer not to use any ISP provided equipment and to that extent I run a Sophos XG and use three AP55 access points.

The three give full coverage including the garden and the office in it. Anything that can use 5GHz tends to get the full 60'ish Mbps of the fibre.

Any two of them could actually provide the same coverage.

It handles all the PPPoE as well - interestingly when I first made the move (I'd had to stick with the original, truly awful, BT business business hub 3 for a good long while because of how BT did their static IP assignments) the connection speed jumped by around 15%.

When I moved ISP, it was a simple matter to update the PPPoE settings and keep all my other settings intact.

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Surely not?

An ISP making claims of performance that couldn't be verified/live up to the hype?

Microsoft nukes 9 million-strong Necurs botnet after unpicking domain name-generating algorithm

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Re: MS at least try to be the good guys every now and then

..."You kinda proved the original point: just see how much effort you (have to) put in to still barely trust the result..."

Not really - I choose all of the above.

My old man, and my son both do none of the above other than ensure that the OS and apps are patched and the AV is up to date.

Scans suggest neither of them have been compromised either.

My point was the smugness some show is misplaced.

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Re: MS at least try to be the good guys every now and then

As far as I am aware, none of mine have, either.

My perimeter is locked down with a high quality firewall which also does malware / virus scanning. It doesn't support and I would never run UPnP;

My OS firewalls are active and my AV is kept up to date and patched as are my OS's;

I run a second antimalware scan occasionally as well;

I have a sandbox VM that is snapshoted and only has access to the internet on 443 and 80 and has no SMB/file/print services etc - anything even vaguely suspicious is run here first and whether it passes muster or not, the sanbox is reverted to the snapshot;

My files are backed up with a version-controlled component so I can always play back through them if the worst happens (accident as well as anything nefarious);

I run my work machines in their own VM's with separation from the host (for all kinds of reasons other than just security).

My browsers have nosript and ghostery among others;

And even after all of this caution the best I can say is that as far as I know...

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Re: MS at least try to be the good guys every now and then

"...But it's not just the computers and users that are the problem, every computer is connected to the internet and the standard ISP supplied access device has issues too and anyone can hook up to the internet and try and break into your computer..."

Totally agree with this point but...you are still talking about the same home users who are not technically that capable so can you imagine asking them to feed and water say a Sophos XG Home (free and my own personal choice)?

Even those who are supposed to be more savvy tend to see "security" as a dedicated role best left to someone else. As an example, when queried, to date, precisely one techie knew that the Windows Firewall can generate logs but has this feature turned off by default (I'll caveat that by saying I haven't checked the last couple of builds to see if this is still the case). Ok my sample size is small, but even so...

I was massively downvoted recently for saying here that I actually accept, agree with, and to an extent applaud MS's approach that Windows 10 Home users cannot block patches. Again, see above - these users tend towards not being that tech savvy.

That is NOT me saying I agree with poor quality / lack of testing on said patches, before the foaming starts.

Kubernetes is 'still hard' so VMware has gone all-in on container-related tech with expanded Tanzu, vSphere 7

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Re: Hyper-V

"...And yet VMware has ~80% market share ..."

I think it's generally accepted that you get what you pay for and also that ultimately VMware benefit from being in the game many years before others sat up and took notice.

One thing for sure though, if you are constrained by budget and don't need the extra features of VMware, Hyper-V and other hypervisors can certainly fill most gaps.

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Re: Hyper-V

I am sure you realise that but purchasing Windows Datacenter licenses, you are eligible for running as many virtual servers as you wish to.

You could run Hyper-V, with SCVMM for far less than the VMware licenses are costing. Of course, that is not a comparison of features etc, just an observation that you're paying twice for roughly the same capability.

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